DNR stocks Vermillion River with 1,000 more rainbow trout

Additional fish stocked due to concern rainy spring may have sent the trout downstream

Minnesota DNR interns Sarah Botkin and Ray Heinz transfer the 1,000 rainbow trout from coolers into the Vermillion River at the Rambling River Park in Farmington. The rainbow trout made the more-than-100-mile journey from the Lanesboro hatchery in tanks secured on a trailer attached to a DNR truck. (Photos by Theresa Malloy)

Minnesota DNR interns Sarah Botkin and Ray Heinz transfer the 1,000 rainbow trout from coolers into the Vermillion River at the Rambling River Park in Farmington. The rainbow trout made the more-than-100-mile journey from the Lanesboro hatchery in tanks secured on a trailer attached to a DNR truck. (Photos by Theresa Malloy)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocked the Vermillion River with 1,000 more rainbow trout Friday, June 21.

The DNR had already stocked the river with 1,000 fish earlier this spring. However, all the rain this past month raised concerns that the fish may have floated downstream, said DNR spokesman Harlan Hiemstra.

fm trout 6 27-2With a surplus of rainbow fish at the hatchery in Lanesboro, the DNR decided to add a second stock to the Vermillion River, which is an unusual move to stock an area twice in one season.

β€œI think it’s a good place to stock them and provide good opportunities for families and kids to fish,” Hiemstra said.

The Vermillion River is known as a great trout fishing spot near the Twin Cities because it has clean, cold water that trout need to flourish.

fm trout 6 27-4In other areas the DNR stocks, recreational anglers have to catch and release. In Farmington, people can keep the fish. Anglers 16 and older do need a fishing license, which are available online at dnr.state.mn.us/licenses.

The public access points in Farmington are at the Rambling River Park and the Kuchera Entrance. Additional Dakota County public access points are also available on the DNR website.

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